Scott County residents are learning how to navigate spring while maintaining safe social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Many spring public events have been postponed or canceled due to the current circumstances, so it can feel isolating and difficult to know what to do. But social distancing doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up inside.
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaching on April 22, 2020, there's more reason now then ever before to discover new, clever ways to recognize the day. Why not use your extra time to help the planet with some of these solo, earth-day-friendly activities.
Plant Some Trees!
The Scott SWCD Tree sale is open for pre-orders until April 19, 2020. Order bundles of native tree seedlings that you and your family can plant outside together. Bring beauty, wildlife, and nature to your property while keeping you and your family safe.
Each tree that is planted in Scott County plays a role in conserving soil and water by holding soil in place and allowing storm water to seep into the ground. At last year’s tree sale, residents purchased 28,500 tree and shrub seedlings to plant for wildlife habitat, property borders, and landscaping. And there’s still time to order! Check out our tree website to see our selection and place an order.
For additional information regarding this year’s sale, or for other inventory inquiries, call the Scott SWCD office in Jordan, (952) 492-5425, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adopt a Stormdrain.
Another way to protect your local water quality is by adopting a nearby storm drain. All it takes is fifteen minutes twice a month to check on and keep your neighborhood storm drains clear of debris. Debris includes things like trash, grass clippings, dead leaves, and other organic pollutants. The only thing that should be going down your storm drain is storm water.
Storm drains flow directly into local water bodies like lakes, rivers, and streams. Water that drops into the drain does not go through a treatment plant for cleaning like the water flowing out of our houses does. That's why it's important to keep our drains clean and clear. Visit Adopt-A-Drain to find an adoptable storm drain in your neighborhood. Once you do, you'll go out to clean the drain twice a month, record the amount of debris you've collected, and log it onto Adopt-A-Drain's website. As you collect, you'll be able to keep track of exactly how much trash you're keeping out of the water channel. You can make a big difference in the water quality of your neighborhood!
A movement that started in Sweden, plogging is the act of running or jogging while picking up trash. It has gained worldwide popularity over the last several years, and is the perfect activity for people who love exercising and the environment.